Priest of the Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 855 from 2003/3/4
From: #AmigaZeux, Gu...
Flooding (northern hemisphere), forest fires (southern hemisphere) in January and again in November, and another record-smashing year for temperatures. Most energetic hurricane on record to plough into Cuba in another record season.
The Russo-Ukraine war to last all year, costing another 100,000 Russian and Ukrainian lives while Russia still refuses to accept it lost the first day. US taxpayers shoulder another $60bn in aid.
In UK: intense pressure to call general election 1 year early because government unpopularity, January power outages and constant strikes bringing the country to a standstill. Renewed pressure for a Scottish independence referendum called for 2024 due to a suddenly growing separatist majority. Pressure for UK to rejoin EU customs union and single market "as a working theory" as its credit rating is downgraded to junk by Standard and Poors due to large borrowing sprees and lower than expected tax intake.
China to make ever larger violations of Taiwanese sovereign water and airspace, but are deterred from invasion due to fear of a US response. Hong Kong freedoms curtailed even harder.
Global chip shortage worsens, causing the price of cars to rise again and placing pressure on many electronics vendors. Many countries who have signed up to banning diesel/petrol cars are under pressure to renege.
Another good year then a bad year then a good year then a TERRIBLE year for crypto, resulting in cheap GPUs flooding the market. Crypto scammers move onto something even more annoying.
Tabor remains vapour for the nth year running.
Intel and AMD chips hit the SRAM scaling wall and laptop manufacturers seriously begin to look into following Apple's ARM lead.
Major structural changes to MorphOS such as new TCP/IP stack or multitasking scheduler, with the first being forced early by a major worldwide ipv6 adoption announcement in November.
Influenza outbreak in November with relatively high mortality but no returns to lockdown.
Recessions in UK, Italy and Spain.
Another 3.1.x to milk users so that Ben Hermans can stave off bankruptcy for another year.
Google become more aggressive pushing search engine and YouTube logins, necessitating weekly changes to Wayfarer.
Major OpenSSL bug causes large scandal.
Still nothing on TV and cinema ticket sales on terminal decline due to the number of unoriginal remakes and sequels.
Home streaming on the collapse: Netflix announces more job losses, Disney+ announce scaling down of their channel offerings.
Well, it'll be interesting to see how many of these were miles off. See you in 12 months